Sunday, 20 July 2014

June 2014 - month in review

Here I am FINALLY sharing my June makes!  The 20 days I was home in June totally flew by because of prep and anticipation for my trip to Canada plus trying to get a few sewing projects completed before I departed!  I have now been home two weeks and I am still feeling behind on all my sewing and blogging!   

So what did I manage to get done BEFORE I went away for my holiday?

I actually have two favourite June finishes.  The first is my Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap for my secret partner.  I blogged about it HERE.  HST's are wonderful things - so many designs can be created from them.  Check out my mosaic of just some of the possibilities HERE.

And the second favourite is my Maple Leaf mini quilt made for Katy of Lethargic Lass.  I must say that meeting Katy in person in Canada a couple of weeks ago was a quilty-highlight for sure!  Katy is one of the coolest blogging pals I have so I jumped at the chance of making her a mini quilt when she suggested that we do a private swap.  I LOVED making this mini for Katy (and I love the one she created for me).  

You see.  Katy shares my love of dachshunds so I had to add a doxie in there.  Thank you to Di of Willowbeck Designs for that fabric!!!

June is already a distant memory and August is just around the corner.  I will be making a July mosaic before I know it.  Happy sewing everyone!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Quilty-Canadian adventure

When I was in Canada a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to be able to attend a meeting of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild.  When I found out when and where it was I emailed to ask if I could go and they said yes!  Because of this amazing on-line quilty-community, I already 'knew' a few of the members [Pam of Mad About Patchwork, Katy of Lethargic Lass, M-R of Quilt Matters] so when Katy and I were IG'ing one night, she suggested we do a side swap and exchange when we meet in Ottawa.  So that's what we did!

We only shared our favourite colour(s) with each other and decided that the mini should be between 12-20 inches.  The rest was up to each of us to decide on.  Pretty open parameters, wouldn't you say?   Katy got me spot on - green, aqua, grey and linen = yum!

Katy EPP'd some stretched/elongated hexies, called coffins apparently, and off set them in some delicious Essex dyed linen.  You can't see it in the photo but Katy did some perfect free motion quilting in the linen.  Katy even made me a sausage/wiener dog mini-mini using applique!    

For the backs, we both used the Ikea Nummers!  Great minds think alike!!  You can see my hand stitching a bit better here on the backing.

For Katy's mini quilt, all I knew was that her favourite colours were brown and yellow.  I decided to make her a Maple Leaf mini because I have always loved the quilts I have seen with the maple leaf block so this was my chance to make something with that shape.  I even did some hand stitching!   The middle square is a hand stitched maple leaf in white.  And look - I added a sausage/wiener dog too!!

As you can see from the photo at the very top, we exchanged our mini quilt creations in front of the entire guild.  I loved the meeting - full of energy and laughter and even some fnar fnar moments.  This was their last meeting until September and happened to be the AGM so I got to see how another guild ran the business side of things. Very professional.  Laura, the President, is a wonderful leader and I wish her a fantastic second year.  Who knows, maybe one day I will live back in the Ottawa valley and be a member!!??  Thank you Katy for my wonderful mini and mini-mini 'Jax' and I hope we can meet again soon and eat cake (again).

Monday, 14 July 2014

Busy as a (Canadian) beaver

I am busy-busy-busy trying my hand at garment sewing.

I am about to cut into the 'mean fish' [a.k.a. piranha] fabric...

I am nearly finished the Kaffe top...

So all my fingers are crossed that I can master sewing some Plus Size clothing - my wardrobe definitely needs an update!

'Big' reveal soon!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Today I am....

...over at Lily's Quilts sharing my FINISHED Oakshott 'Plaid' quilt!!!   Click HERE to go to Lynne's blog!  Thank you Lynne!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Quarter 3 Finish Along GOALS

 Finish Along 2014

I am perhaps a tad delusional.  I always create a ginormous list of things that I think I will finish over a 3 month period but always start more projects than I finish.  So.  New tactic for myself - create a more realistic list. 

July-August- September 2014 GOALS

1.  Oakshott Plaid quilt

2.  Kaffe tunic top 

3.  Piranha pyjamas

4.  Sew Sew Modern big and small items

5.  Michael Miller project

6.  Simply Solids bee quilt

7.  Sew Together Bag for Nat

8.  A handful of Thumb and/or Mice pincushions for Nat
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9.  A handful of tea wallets from Patchwork Please and Displacement Activity

Wish me luck this quarter!  I had four finishes in Quarter 2 with more than a dozen WiP's listed so fingers crossed I can accomplish more than four WiP's between now and September!

Linking my goals to The Littlest Thistle.